For our one year anniversary and first official Babymoon, we visited Charleston, South Carolina! Neither Pete or I had ever been, so we figured it was a great place to indulge our love of american history, architecture, music and delicious food.
We stayed at an Airbnb one block off of Meeting street and two blocks off of King street - both are main strips with restaurants, shops, and museums. The home was a recently renovated "single house", a local type of house with a faux entrance that shields a front/side porch. That kind of thew us for a loop when I thought no one was answering the door upon our arrival! Luckily, I decided to try the know and realized it lead to the porch and not the interior of the house. They retained the original double sided fireplaces, wood beams, and some of the original wood floors!
It's truly a very walkable and bike friendly city; small enough to see all of the historic downtown in a few days like we had. We do have to admit, we were a bit shocked by the humidity and heat upon our arrival in October, which isn't typical but instead was due to the hurricanes. However, we have plenty of recommendations for you of places to see and at which to eat!
(13 weeks pregnant at our 1 Year Anniversary Dinner - Charleston Grill)
We highly recommend visiting this upscale restaurant - we had our own private booth right by the live music, with a lovely card signed by the staff congratulating us on our anniversary, our server was delighful and it was easy to find selections that catered to our vegan/gluten free & pescetarian diet - they even had a variety of gluten free breads! They offer four styles of cuisine: Cosmopolitan, Southern, Pure and Lush. We went with the Little Gem Lettuce, Yellow Tomato Gazpacho, Spring Pea Medley, Potato Gratin, and the Thai Fish. See the rest of the menu HERE!
Just outside of Historic Charleston, you'll find several plantations to visit! We chose to go to the Magnolia Plantation, that sits along the Ashley River, so we could tour its famous gardens. Friends and guests of the Drayton family that stayed here include Eleanor Roosevelt, Henry Ford, and Orson Wells. Unfortunately no photography was allowed inside the home. However the grounds were fair play - dogs are welcome to roam the gardens which include a maze, a petting zoo, rice fields and a swamp garden with a boat tour!
We cheated and ducked under the lowest branches to get out the way we went in!
The maze was too tricky to do in the rain!
All in all, we loved it! We took too many food pictures to share but if you visit, please do yourself a favor and hit up 167 Raw for some local seafood fair (you'll see people waiting outside to be seated, but things move quickly), The Daily for quick breakfast bites, make a reservation at R. Kitchen for a unique and personal dining experience with some very talented chefs, The Park Cafe for a hearty breakfast and delicious coffee (try their fried egg sandwich), Black Bean for a fresh vegan smoothie, Leon's for some small plates (and they also specialize in fried chicken), Juanita Greenberg's for hearty Mexican (not even kidding), Eli's Table for a more upscale breakfast, Jeni's Ice Cream to cool down, Husk for fine dining and drinks, and of course, Charleston Grill for a romantic fine dining experience like we had!
Definitely treat yourself to a historic BUS tour (be kind, say no the horse drawn carriages) which you can sign up for at the Visitors Center as well as tour a historic house - we went the the Joseph Manigault House and it was gorgeous! Trust us, you won't regret it. Lastly, stop into The Skinny Dip. They've got great articles of clothing for both men and women along with some fun home decore items. Make sure you make your way up to the second floor and check out this shops bar where they serve coffee, cocktails and small plates of food. Mac & Murphy was a favorite stop being a well curated stationary shop. As for fashion forward women's clothing, both Hampden & Maris DeHart are the stores to visit, ladies.
Until next time, Charleston!
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